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ROADLESS Forest Observatories

The JRC provides technical and methodological support to regional forest observatories in Central Africa, East Africa and Continental South East Asia. Forest observatories can help provide decision-makers, researchers and civil society with comprehensive information on the state of forests, as well as relevant institutional information.

The Observatoire des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (OFAC) is hosted at the COMIFAC secretariat in Yaoundé, Cameroon. It provides decision-makers of the Congo Basin with reliable information on monitoring indicators and climate change issues as input for international negotiations on climate and eco-systems. A special issue of the ‘The State of the Forests’ was released by the Observatory at the COP-21 of the UNFCCC in December 2015 (report available through the OFAC platform).

A pilot East African Forest Observatory (OFESA) is under development. OFESA which will be hosted by the intergovernmental Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Nairobi, Kenya. OFESA will define the logical framework for such forest observatory, and will provide a framework for their databases and web-interface. A report on the ‘State of Forests’ of Eastern Africa is expected by early 2018.

Another pilot Regional Forest Observatory is under development for continental South East Asia (RFO-SEA). The RFO-SEA is intended to be a platform to share knowledge on the regional status of forests and REDD+. The database and the website will be initially hosted at the Vietnamese Academy of Forest Science and will service initially the countries of the Mekong region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam). The RFO-SEA will act as a repository for maps, statistics, GIS layers, reports, and scientific papers stored in a database and accessible through a user-friendly website.

List of Regional Forest Observatories

Name Host Institution RFO Web site
Observatoire des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale (OFAC)
Commission des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC)
East African Forest Observatory (OFESA)
Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD -
South East Asia
Regional Forest Observatory for South-East Asia (RFO-SEA)
Vietnamese Academy of Forest Science (VAFS -